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to the March edition – where the air is crisp with the promise of spring and the pages are filled with stories as vibrant as a bouquet of da odils! In this issue we’re thrilled to spotlight some shining stars gracing our local stages. Suranne Jones takes the spotlight as the new President of Sheringham Little Theatre (page 47). We can practically hear the applause from here! And let’s not forget the sensational Catherine Tyldesley, dazzling audiences at Norwich Theatre Royal in the musical Bonnie & Clyde (page 12). Grab your tickets, folks – it’s bound to be a toe-tapping extravaganza!

But wait, there’s more excitement in store! Have you seen the competition on page 23? It’s like a treasure hunt without the muddy boots – and the prize? A family ticket to Colchester Zoo, consisting of 2 adults and 2 child entries! Get ready for a wild adventure with your loved ones.

In between star sightings and competition hunting, we’re diving into the heart of Norfolk and Su olk living. From hidden gems to must-try recipes, this issue is your passport to local delights.

As we bid adieu to winter and embrace the promise of longer days, let this issue be your guide to all things bright and beautiful. Whether you’re exploring new horizons or cosying up with a cuppa, we’re here to add a sprinkle of joy to your day.

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Pirates Live 2024

23 March-14 April, Hippodrome

This truly unique experience is now in its 10th blockbuster year. A cast of swashbuckling pirates led by comedy favourites Jack Jay and Johnny Mac lead you on a live action adventure show like no other. With a combination of heart stopping circus stunts, hilarious pirate comedy scenes and spellbinding aerial artistry, the show has gained national acclaim, described as ‘Trailblazing’ by the Daily Mail.

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Stranger Sings

25 March, Norwich Theatre Royal

Children of the 80s! Join us in the upsidedown for this award-winning, smash hit new parody musical. Straight from offBroadway, this award-winning sci-fi spoof is a wild, irreverent twist on the hit Netflix series. Take a trip with your favourite gang on a night of indulgent pop culture references, heavy synth, poor parenting, dancing demogorgons and maybe – just maybe – you might find justice for Barb along the way.

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Mother’s Day at Pensthorpe

10 March

Treat a loved one to free park entry (per one full fee-paying visitor). Lose yourselves on a walk, explore the gardens as they burst into bloom, splash in the Wild Rootz stream or run riot in Hootz House.

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Mother’s Day at Hoveton Hall

10 March

Why not bring your mum for a free visit to Hoveton Hall Gardens this year? It’s the perfect time of year to see the daffodils, and the Garden Kitchen Cafe will be open all day.

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Mother’s Day Floristry Class & Lunch

9 March, Retreat East

Learn how to make your own hand-tied gift bouquet ahead of Mother’s Day. Plus, enjoy a delicious seasonal twocourse lunch with tea and coffee.

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Mother’s Day weekend

9-10 March, ROARR!

For a fantastic family day out, bring a guest for free to ROARR!, Norfolk’s dinosaur themed adventure park over the weekend of 9th-10th March. Prebook to guarantee your entry.

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Murder Mystery Dinner

15 March, Maids Head Hotel

Join the highly entertaining Foul Players as they perform their first Murder Mystery Dinner event of the year. This fabulous evening includes a three course dinner. Honoria Orange has been asked to come to the hotel by a singer, whose girlfriend recently died in suspicious circumstances. The local police have dismissed the death as natural causes, but the singer isn’t sure. The dead woman’s twin sister and brother-in-law are also there, but is there more to their relationship… and what is the relevance of the Singapore Sling? www.maidsheadhotel.co.uk

Food Film Feast - Willy Wonka

30 March, Milsoms Kesgrave Hall

Calling all film-loving foodies! Step into the enchanting world of Willy Wonka this Easter weekend. Gather in the Hangar, where you can find a tantalising taste of Willy Wonka’s factory – a feast of sweet treats and an afternoon tea inspired by Roald Dahl’s iconic story, whilst watching the new Wonka film on the super-sized screen. Tickets £35 per person (children £20) To book your tickets call 01473 333741 or email reception@kesgravehall. com. In conjunction with The Riverside & Film Feast. www.milsomhotels.com

Musclebound

9 March, Norwich Theatre Royal

In her new show, Rosy Carrick examines our most shameful sexual secrets. At the age of five, Rosy was watching live action films featuring characters like He-Man and Conan the Barbarian being stripped, beaten and humiliated by their male antagonists. This sparked an odyssey of secret obsession that would shape her erotic life forever. Now, newly single, forty, with a string of disappointing relationships behind her and sharing relationship advice with her teenage daughter, Rosy is forced to confront the niggling suspicion that something about her love life has never felt quite right. The show asks: what are the sexual lessons we want to pass on to our daughters – and what do we still need to learn for ourselves? www.norwichtheatre.org

Creative with Line - Linocut Workshop

16 March, John Lewis Norwich

An introductory workshop in Linocut Printing with artist and printmaker Rachel Collier-Wilson. All materials are included, as well as hot or soft drinks and free parking. Book your place at: www.creativewithline.com

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These inventive and engaging activities are designed for children aged 3 to 10 years, but older ages will love to get in on the action too! Bring along Mum, Dad, Grandma, and all other accompanying adults to share in the creative experience. Book your place at: www.schoodoodle.co.uk

Lambs & Spring Bulbs

Throughout March, Kentwell Hall

Bring your little ones to see the newborn lambs for a wholesome family day out. The Tudor Rose Courtyard Maze and Yew Castle offer delightful surprises for younger visitors, along with a captivating storybook trail. www.kentwell.co.uk

Easter Egg Hunt

29 March-2 April, Somerleyton Hall Gardens

Follow the Easter trail around the Hall’s stunning gardens. Children will receive an Easter Egg prize at the end, and under three’s receive an Easter treat.

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Former Coronation Street favourite Catherine Tyldesley is to make her musical theatre debut when she stars in the awardwinning musical Bonnie & Clyde, which comes to Norwich Theatre Royal between 12-16 March. We spoke to her about the new role, life on the street and dancing on Strictly!

Are you excited to be a part of this hit show?

I couldn’t be more excited! Me and my husband [Tom Pitfield] got one verse in, and he looked at me and went, ‘Oh my God, you have to do this show’. I fell in love with it, and I knew that this was the one musical I had to do. I’ve been extremely lucky with film and television, but I’ve waited a long time for this.

You are playing Clyde’s sister-in-law, Blanche, who reluctantly became part of the bankrobbing Barrow Gang. What is she like?

She’s a powerhouse. She wears the trousers in the relationship between herself and Buck. They are deeply in love and she would do anything for him, but she’s very devout in her faith and she wants him to be on the right path in life.

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Describe the show for us. You’ve got great music, adventure, and the gangster element, but it also delves into the love story to see the chemistry between Bonnie and Clyde, as well as between Blanche and Buck. It’s got that adrenaline-junkie feel, but at the same time, it’s really going to pull on your heartstrings. And it’s got great comedy in there, too. Part of the reason that I was drawn to Blanche is because her one-liners are just brilliant.

You are best known for playing Eva Price in Coronation Street. What was it like to be on the iconic street?

It was amazing. I’d watched Corrie since I was a little girl and my family were obsessed with it. It really was a dream job but I felt I left at the right time because I wanted to explore other things and to develop as an actor and as a person.

We can’t not mention you dancing with Johannes Radebe on Strictly. Strictly gave me dancing confidence and that came from Johannes, who is a special soul. I was like ‘I’m too tall to dance and I look a bit gangly’ and he told me ‘You’ve just got to go out there and own it’.

You went on the Strictly Live tour. What was that like?

That was probably my favourite bit, actually, because the pressure was off, and we got so good because we

were doing the same dances every night. We were so polished by the end of it, and I was like, ‘I wish we were this good on the telly show!’

Are you looking forward to heading out on tour again?

It’s super exciting, and we’re going to all these iconic theatres in all these beautiful towns and cities. It’s going to be quite the adventure.

Bonnie & Clyde the Musical is at Norwich Theatre Royal between 12-16 March. For more information or to book, visit norwichtheatre.org or call the Box Office on 01603 630 000.

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Norwich Theatre Brings Festival Headliner

Norwich Theatre is pleased to be supporting this year’s Norfolk and Norwich Festival (NNF), bringing two dance and physical theatre shows to Norwich.

It includes a landmark production from a dance icon, Marc Brew - an Accident/a Life - which is headlining international festivals in Europe ahead of coming to Norwich Theatre Royal in May.

The starting point for the piece was Marc’s car accident, in which he went from ballet dancer to paraplegic in a split second. This moment transformed his relationship to movement, cultivating a fresh approach to dance. an Accident/a Life unravels moments in life, with and without words using storytelling, film, music, dance and a car.

It follows on from Brew’s notable solos, For Now I am… and Remember When, both critically and publicly celebrated.

“I am delighted that The Festival and Norwich Theatre are working in partnership to bring this extraordinary programme to our audiences,” said Daniel Brine, Chief Executive & Artistic Director of Norfolk & Norwich Festival. “We’ve been able to curate an immensely varied programme of work that showcases how dance and movement can tell powerful, pulsating stories.”

Ogre amount of fun!

We caught up with the main ogre himself, Shrek (aka Antony Lawrence), about what it is like to play a character with so many layers ahead of Shrek the Musical arriving at Norwich Theatre Royal between 26 – 30 Mar

The second show presented by Norwich Theatre in this year’s Festival is at Norwich Theatre Royal 21 and 22 May. Thomas Hardy’s classic, Tess of the D’Urbervilles is adapted for the stage in Tess by Ockham’s Razor. A thrilling, emotional blend of circus and physical theatre, Tess evokes the life, loves and landscapes of Hardy’s heroine.

Norwich Theatre has been growing the appetite for dance and movement-based shows in the city with Norwich Moves: a permanent season exploring storytelling in which words are not the focus. Shows under the banner of Norwich Moves include productions presented and produced in partnership with Norwich Theatre’s regular artistic partners, such as Carlos Acosta, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Rambert and Northern Ballet, as well as world-class and celebrated choreographers, dancers and artists from around the globe including through Dance Consortium.

Stephen Crocker, Chief Executive & Creative Director at Norwich Theatre, said: ”It has been remarkable to see such extraordinary appetite for new and different approaches to storytelling through movement from our audiences and how our Norwich Moves season is embedding a dance programme to rival any other UK city.

“We are pleased to bring this into Norfolk & Norwich Festival with a landmark production of a newly shared story from a dance icon in an Accident / a Life and an imaginative retelling of an old story from one of the most exciting circus and physical companies in the UK today in Tess.”

For more information or to book, visit norwichtheatre.org or call the Box Office on 01603 630 000

Were you a fan of the original movie?

I loved it. It’s a revolutionary film because it was so risqué with its comedy. It was something you hadn’t seen before: this character who’s farting and burping. We had the VHS and my sister and I would watch it all the time.

What attracted you the role?

Shrek the Musical was the very first show I saw on Broadway. We went to New York for my sister’s birthday, and because we loved the film so much we went to see the musical. When it was coming over to London I was at drama school and I remember thinking, gosh, I’d love to play this role. I’ve used the song ‘Who I’d Be’ at many auditions.

What is the message of the musical?

The story of Shrek is about not needing to change who you are to fit in in the world; you just need to be yourself. It’s an age-old human story, even though we’re seeing a green ogre and a donkey.

What effect do all the prosthetics play on your performance?

I previously did The Lion King, where I had a full face of makeup, and I had to spend a lot of time in the mirror to work out how moving my face affected the makeup. So much of it is going to come through the voice.

Shrek has a bromance as well as a romance. Will you enjoy your double act with Donkey?

Completely. Brandon and I have got a good vibe going and he makes me laugh a lot. There’s a travelling song we do together, and just the thought of him making all these little interjections, it’s going to be so hard not to laugh!

For more information or to book, visit norwichtheatre.org or call the Box Office on 01603 630 000.

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Thursford EXPERIENCE A TRULY UNIQUE DAY OUT THIS SUMMER

Located in North Norfolk, Thursford o ers truly unique experiences all year round. From April to September, the Steam Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of steam engines and organs. Then every November to December, the complex transforms into a winter wonderland, wowing audiences with one of Europe’s biggest Christmas shows, the Christmas Spectacular.

Preparations are well underway for the summer season. The historic attraction invites visitors to discover the steam engines and mechanical organs of yesteryear. There is also the opportunity to listen to resident organist, Robert Wolfe, play the mighty Wurlitzer live. Robert has been performing at Thursford for over 40 years.

Visitors can climb aboard two vintage fairground rides, with Thursford housing an 1896 Savages 3-abreast set of Gallopers and a very special Venetian Gondola Switchback ride.

Surrounded by beautiful countryside, Thursford has plentiful free parking and is a fully accessible site with a selection

of retail shops and the Barn Café, serving a range of hot & cold food and drink options.

The museum is home to the famous Showman’s engine, Victory, which was restored in 2023 after sitting dormant for almost 40 years. The original Burrells of Thetford engine was one of three purchased by founder, G.T. Cushing back in 1947 and was just the start of a

wonderful collection of multiple engines and organs that came to create the Thursford Collection and steam museum that still stands today.

Thursford is gearing up for a busy summer season, with exclusive guided backstage tours announced for the Christmas Spectacular and the Steam Museum – both proving extremely popular. The annual Gala Day event will be returning on Sunday 7th July 2024, welcoming exhibitors of vintage vehicles, engines, organs, and more!

The museum and site can also be booked for special events, meetings and conferences (subject to numbers and availability).

The Thursford Steam Museum is open from Sunday 7th April to Wednesday 4th September 2024, 11am-4pm (last admission 3pm). Under 12’s go free. To find out more and to start planning your next day out visit www.thursford.com or call 01328 878477.

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Fromhoning the skill of distilling to baking your best sou é or perfecting your creative writing, to learning how to silversmith, here are some wonderful ways to spend your free time whilst increasing your knowledge. All taught by experts in their field.

WHISKY MAKING AT THE ENGLISH DISTILLERY

The Nelstrop family have been pioneers in English whisky making and own the oldest registered whisky distillery in England. Proudly from Norfolk, they pride themselves on making extraordinary whisky, in fact, nothing less will do. All made in the old-fashioned way using artisan skills.

An award-winning company with sustainability at their heart, they use locally grown barley, fresh water from underneath the distillery, onsite solar panels, and recycle paper, glass, and spent grains. Whisky is serious business. And those

with a penchant will spend a pretty penny on a great bottle, so with the awardwinning English Distillery on our doorstep, it makes sense to take a ‘Create your own Whisky Experience’ with the experts.

Taking place on Saturdays and costing £100 - in two hours you will tour the distillery, taste three English whiskies, and blend your very own 50cl bottle of whisky to take home. www.englishwhisky.co.uk

THE GYRE & GIMBLE GIN ACADEMY

There is no stopping the popularity of gin, so when Gyre & Gimble opened their Academy, it’s no wonder so many people passed through their door and ‘graduated’, taking home a delicious tasting gin of their own recipe.

This is a great experience, and you learn a great deal. Gyre & Gimble even keep your recipe, so you can ask for it to be

made again when you run out! The cost for two hours is £75 and for that you get four gin and tonics to sip whilst you create, and the expert tuition from a master distiller taking you through the process of making your own tipple. This includes choosing your own botanicals (from over 30) and weighing them accurately. Reviews on their site are 5* and I can vouch for this having done it myself – it was really great fun.

Again, we have another local awardwinning business with Gyre & Gimble winning at the 2023 International Wine and Spirits Competition, walking away with the UK Gin Producer Trophy. gyreandgimble.co.uk

JEWELLERY MAKING MASTERCLASS AT SONKAI WITH GOLDSMITH CRAIG SNAPE

Craig Snape is a goldsmith from South Africa, who after school became an apprentice for the esteemed Master Craftsman and South African jeweller, Sid Forman. So, you are in very good hands with this masterclass which is new for 2024.

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I’m pretty excited about this one as during a two-hour class (on a 1:1 basis) you make something beautiful in silver to take home. So be it a ring, or a pair of earrings, you’ll have something utterly unique to keep forever, having also learnt how to roll out silver ingots, annealing (softening the silver using heat), bending, shaping, soldering, filing, papering and polishing!

Classes take place on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday 6pm – 8pm. Book at craig@sonkai.co.uk.

THE NATIONAL CENTRE FOR WRITING

You can’t have escaped the fact that Norwich is a UNESCO City of Literature – and has been now for over a decade. The National Centre for Writing at Dragon Hall is a one-of-its-kind in the UK and an incredible organisation for supporting writers and creating wonderful events around literature and writing for all ages and abilities.

12-to-18-week creative writing online courses with the National Centre for Writing and the University of East Anglia start at £475 and include regular,

meaningful critique from a tutor, and a unique opportunity for you to receive personalised, one-to-one feedback on your writing. Subjects include fiction, poetry, crime fiction, memoirs and more, and are designed for beginners and intermediates.

They also o er in-person learning and one-o workshops with prices starting at around £45. There are also concessionary rates and bursaries for writers facing financial barriers.

Plus, they o er a host of free resource packs for beginners to download –supported by Arts Council England – written by award-winning writers and industry experts including Eimear McBride, Sarah Perry and Okechukwu Nzelu. Each pack contains advice, practical tips, and writing exercises. There are also hugely helpful podcasts to listen and learn from! nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk

THE RICHARD HUGHES COOKERY SCHOOL

In the early 2000s Richard opened his cookery school, having started in the

From how to bake the best sou é, to bread, fish, and chocolate-filled Easter eggs, the choice for learning is diverse.

hospitality business when he was just 15 years old as a pot washer. Richard then went on to open his first restaurant in 1991 in Wymondham.

In 2017, the Cookery School relocated to The Assembly House in Norwich in a brand-new kitchen and the rest, as they say, is history. Today his year-round programme of teaching covers many subjects and also includes guest chefs, such as Richard Bainbridge (Benedicts) and Julia Hetherton – a legendary chocolatier!

From how to bake the best sou é, to bread, fish, and chocolate-filled Easter eggs, the choice for learning is diverse. Classes also include ‘The Generation Game’, designed for adults to cook with small family members, which are huge fun. The cost for two is £140 and includes tuition, ingredients, recipes, afternoon tea, drinks, and recipe notes, and, of course, you take home what you make. Note these courses are extremely popular, so watch the website for when tickets get released.

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As you journey around the Zoo, you’ll find there’s so much to explore. Let your kids release their wild side at the soft play complex, Jungle Tumble, or get hands on at the interactive sand table at the Discovery Den and even watch your own creations come to life on the live wall. Take a ride on the Lost Madagascar Express Road Train for a break on your adventure and spot many exciting species along the way.

Looking for something to do this Easter? Journey around Colchester Zoo’s BRAND-NEW Dinosaur Realm and discover more about extinct species from millions of years ago, from gigantic carnivores to graceful herbivores! PLUS, from 29th March – 14th April the Zoo will be celebrating all things Easter with a range of EGG-cellent activities suitable for the whole family.

What is the name of Colchester Zoo’s new exhibit, opening this Easter?

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B. Dinosaur Realm

C. Dinosaur Valley

How to enter?

To be in with a chance of winning a family ticket consisting of 2 adults and 2 child entries to Colchester Zoo, simply complete the form with your contact details at: www.placesandfaces.co.uk/competitions or enter by post sending your answer and contact details to:

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Visit Colchester Zoo this Spring and enjoy a PAW-SOME day out with the whole family!

Colchester Zoo is set within over 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes and is home to over 155 different species, including the critically endangered Amur leopards, Black and White Ruffed lemurs and Bornean orangutans.

Discover many different habitats from across the globe, from the humid home of the Komodo dragons to the Zoo’s very own African plain, home to White rhino, giraffes, ostrich, zebra and kudu.

For more information on events at Colchester Zoo and to book E-tickets, please visit www.colchesterzoo.org

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Why Choose a Professional Solicitor for Your Will: Ensuring Security and Peace of Mind

In today’s world of convenience, it’s easy to be drawn to quick and cheap online will writing services. However, the risks they pose often outweigh the apparent benefits. Here’s why trusting a professional solicitor regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is paramount:

The Dangers of Cheap Online Will Writing Services:

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A Thousand Ships

Natalia Haynes reimagines the Trojan War from an all-female perspective. Bringing to life the stories of all the women at the centre of the West’s greatest tale ever told, from the Trojan women whose fates now lie in the hands of the Greeks, to Penelope longing for Odysseus’ return, Haynes leaves no woman behind.

In removing the men from centre stage Haynes allows for the narrative to shift towards the characters whose stories are overlooked. A Thousand Ships dutifully unravels the catastrophes of a ten year long war while unleashing the voices of the silenced.

It’s all about the women in Hayne’s world and we’re here for it.

Her Radiant Curse

When her own father offers her in sacrifice to the demon witch, Channi is forever changed. Cursed with a serpent’s face, the only person who doesn’t fear Channi is her sister Vanna.

Now seventeen, Vanna is to be married off in a horrific contest intended to put money in the pockets of the cruel village leaders. Channi, the only one who can protect her sister from this terrible fate, finds herself as the target of the worst of Vanna’s potential suitors. Determined to save her sister, Channi faces a choice that will strain her heart to its breaking point.

Elizabeth Lim returns with this dazzling prequel set in the same world as Six Crimson Cranes. A tale of courage, loyalty and the strength of sisterhood, Her Radiant Curse is yet another whimsical masterpiece by Lim.

The Poppy War

The Poppy War is the startling debut by author R.F. Kuang following passionate, yet ruthless, Fang Runin.

Outcasted and alone, Fang Runin (Rin) is the most unlikely candidate of Sinegard military college. Rin discovers she possesses an uneathly, lethal power in the mythical art of shamanism. As her power stirs, Rin realises the long-believed-dead gods are very much alive and mastering her powers might mean more than just surviving the school year.

For war is stirring across the narrow sea and the peace of the Nikara Empire is theatened as a third Poppy War looms.

The Poppy War is a brutal read and Rin is unquestionably a very strong character. Not only in her powers but her determination and strength against all odds.

Where the Crawdads Sing

Abandoned as a child, Kya Clark raised herself alone in the marshes of North Carolina that she calls home. Rumours of the strange marsh girl have haunted Barkley Cove for years, further isolating Kya from the townspeople. But when the marsh girl takes a step into civilisation the town turns on her more than ever. Accused of murdering her ex-boyfriend, Kya finds herself at the mercy of a town that have never called her a friend. As the case unfolds and the truth becomes increasingly harder to determine, Kya learns just what it means to be an outcast.

Where the Crawdads Sing is a brilliantly crafted novel about the trials of isolation in this coming-of-age tale.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Taylor Jenkins Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid never disappoints and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is no exception.

Reclusive Hollywood movie star Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her life of glamour and scandal, there’s only one catch: she won’t talk to anyone but Monique Grant. No one is more confused than Monique herself who has never been connected to star-studded Evelyn Hugo, but the opportunity to get a tell-all interview with the biggest movie star of the 20th century is an opportunity Monique simply can’t pass up.

Taylor Jenkins Reid spins a tale of passion, heartbreak and tragedy in this novel with one of the most enticing main characters of recent times. Evelyn Hugothe woman that she is.

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our way through the stark aisles of January in post-apocalyptic scenes akin to 28 Days Later. Then run through February in five minutes to avoid the hot milkshake trend that brought no boys to the yard. Now as we venture further into 2024, we find ourselves on the doorstep of March which is bursting at the seams with the celebration equivalent of Blockbuster on a Friday night in the ‘90s. Consider me your polo shirt wearing, overpriced popcorn slinging counter assistant; here to help you browse the titles and decide which festivities you want to observe for a full day’s rental.

The Indie:

St. David’s Day

Oh, what’s occurring? This one is coming in early doors and is probably the underdog of celebrations in the name of UK saints. March 1st is St. David’s Day, the patron saint of our most westerly cousins. Pamela is out there somewhere stocking up on redundant vegetarian cuisine, Gwen’s batch cooked her omelettes and Bryn has likely sourced a seasonal Baileys for good measure. Leeks and da odils are the motifs of the day, heralding the start of the Spring season. Parades will be raging through Cardi and folks will be feasting on Welsh cakes, lamb and Welsh rarebit. Tidy. This one is ideal for those who love a long drive down the M4 and wholesome events in the name of Bonnie Tyler, Mount Snowdon and Rugby.

The Chick Flick:

International Women’s Day

March 8th is a day for The Girls. Those of us blessed by the XX chromosome are applauded and in turn applaud our ancestral sisters for the waves they made in respect of gender equality, reproductive rights and the safeguarding of women against abuse. It’s a double fist pump, kick your heels o , knock back some Pinot and sing some Beyonce kinda day. This ain’t Texas, ain’t no hold ‘em, so lay your cards down and tell them femmes you love ‘em. Perfect for those who need a reminder to reach out and reconnect with their besties, mums, grans, aunts and daughters. Revelry of the female spirit is the aim of the game in this Girl-Powerhouse of a day.

MARCH’S

The Family Favourite:

Mother’s Day

MAIN EVENTS MARCH’S

MAIN EVENTS

The ladies are not done. Sorry not sorry. March 10th those matriarchs are taking centre stage in this estrogen-fuelled extravaganza that celebrates the women that made us. Or not, as the case may be. The significant lady in your life doesn’t have to have aided your journey down the birth canal to be considered your mother. When everyone else is dropping you faster than Andy’s toys when he walks in the room, mums stand strong. Whether they are the live, laugh, lovers of this world or the I’ll-give-you-somethingto-cry-abouters, they’ve got your back. Even if you were the sort of child that only ate Weetabix and chips and became an emotional terrorist every time you had to walk anywhere. I love you mum and I like lasagne now so it wasn’t all a waste of time. This one is perfect for those wanting to celebrate their mum with breakfast in bed and a bouquet of blooms. The nice ones, thank you please, none of those garage deals. She wants to smell the roses, not petrol fumes.

The Comedy: St. Patrick’s Day

on March 17th. Although this holiday has digressed somewhat from the Roman-British missionary turned priest, St Paddy’s has successfully segue wayed into a festival of fun celebrating our Irish neighbours. So, enjoy a corned beef sandwich and take a trip to Craggy Island. Mrs Doyle wants you to go on. Go on, go on, go on. Perfect for those wanting to pick up a pint and serenade their dirty old town.

The Epic: Easter

This one has always been an easy sell. And probably even more so in this post-Saltburn existence where Barry Keoghan is our collective new obsession. Shamrocks, leprechauns and Guinness will have you arguing with strangers in the pub about who is more Irish by descent, with an apparent correlation between the increase in your blood alcohol level and your Irish heritage. Whether the Irish claim us in the same way is a di erent matter but it is fair to say, this festivity is wide-reaching thanks to the e orts of Irish immigrants and ex-pats. Even the Chicago River is dyed greener than Kylie Jenner’s bank account

As the cries of ‘haven’t they just had a half term holiday?’ echo down the hallways, school is letting out again for a twoweek, double bank holiday bonanza of over stimulated children and chocolate eggs. Embrace the chaos that kicks o on March 29th, the Goodest of all the Fridays. Those of us who paid attention in Religious Education classes at school will know that Easter is a Christian festival commemorating the rebirth of Jesus. Thank you, Mr. King. Although some of us are not in it for the religious underpinning - sorry Mr. King - many of us will be looking forward to a four-day weekend of confectionery-based indulgence and Easter bunnies. Egg hunting, Easter bonnets, church services, long walks and Sunday dinner will see you through until it’s time for April showers. Perfect for those looking to spend time with family and finally abandon their remaining commitment to that New Year self-imposed diet. Good riddance!

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Coffee Bread & Butter

Coffee Pudding Pudding Bread & Butter

INGREDIENTS

• 75g sultanas

• 3 tbsp Camp Chicory

& Coffee Essence

Prep: 15 minutes plus soaking

Cook: 30 minutes

Serves: 6

• 50g butter, softened

• 8 thick slices white bread

• 250ml milk

• 300ml double cream

• Zest 1 orange

• 3 medium eggs

• 75g caster sugar

• 50g mixed peel

• 1 tbsp demerara sugar

• 1 tbsp demerara sugar

METHOD

- Preheat the oven to 180C, gas mark 4. Grease a 2 litre serving dish.

- Place the sultanas in a small bowl with 1 tbsp Camp. Butter the bread and cut each slice into 4 triangles, set both aside.

- Place the milk, cream, 1½ tbsp Camp and orange zest in a small saucepan and heat until it just begins to steam. Whisk the eggs and sugar in a large bowl until pale and thickened, then gradually whisk in the warm milk mixture.

- Arrange half the bread in the prepared dish, sprinkle over the sultanas and mixed peel, pour over half the egg mixture, top with the remaining bread and pour over the remaining egg mixture. Leave to soak for 15 minutes.

- Drizzle with the last ½ tbsp Camp and sprinkle over the demerara. Bake for 30 minutes, allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Cooks tip: A great way to use up day old bread.

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Lemon & Marmalade Drizzle Cake

As the first signs of spring emerge, accompany the uplifting blossoming of seasonal colour, including the bright yellow blooms of daffodils, by serving up a slice of sunshine with my easy marmalade cake.

INGREDIENTS: SERVES 12

For the cake

• 200g unsalted butter

• 3 unwaxed lemons

• 350g golden caster sugar

• 4 eggs

• 80g of ART’s Hand-Cut Lemon Marmalade

• 200g self-raising flour

Topping options

100g dark chocolate, melted or mix-up a thin icing drizzle

Serve with Vanilla ice cream

METHOD:

Pre-heat your oven to gas mark 4/180˚C. Grease a 23cm cake tin. Zest the lemons and quarter them, remove the pith and peel and set aside to make the syrup.

Sprinkle 5 tsps of sugar into the base of the cake tin, slice each lemon triangle in half and arrange neatly at base of the cake tin. Weigh the lemon peels and pith to determine how much sugar and water you need, place in a saucepan with equal amounts of sugar and water. Bring to the boil, simmer for approximately 10 minutes until reduced and thickened. Let this infuse and strain it when required.

Beat the butter and 200g of sugar in a stand mixer, whisk until light and fluffy. Crack in the eggs one at a time, beating them in thoroughly. Beat in the lemon zest and ART’s Hand-Cut Lemon Marmalade before carefully folding in the flour with a pinch of salt. Evenly spoon the batter over the lemon slices.

Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden and a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake is clean when  removed.

Pour the warm syrup over the sponge and leave to absorb before you turn out the cake.

Leave the cake to cool for 20 minutes, then drizzle over the chocolate or icing in an attractive pattern and serve with vanilla ice cream.

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I’mRebecca Bishop of The Next Loaf Baking School in Wenhaston, Suffolk. I teach fun, informative, hands-on baking classes that’ll leave you feeling inspired and eager to get back to your own kitchen to practise what you’ve learnt! I’m also the author of the baking book ‘Two Magpies Bakery’ and founder of Two Magpies Bakery. Each month my column will feature a delicious seasonal bake, book recommendations, insider tips for ingredients, equipment and much more.

With my new Scandinavian bread baking class coming up on the horizon the past few weeks have been spent tinkering with combinations of different flour (such as rye, spelt and barley malts) toasting and milling spices (coriander, caraway, aniseed and fennel to name but a few) and using scalds and soakers (more on that next month) to create some very special flavours. Bread is such an important part of my life that admitting I have a favourite feels a little like confessing to having a favourite child(!) but if pushed I would probably choose a darkly complex, sweetly sour, dense and satisfying Scandinavian rye bread.

To get the latest information sign up for my newsletter www.thenextloaf.co.uk or follow me on Instagram @thenextloaf

This month I’m excited about my Hot Cross buns

For me, the turning of the seasons isn’t just about what’s growing in the garden, popping up in the hedgerows or appearing in my local greengrocers - there’s also the pleasure of revisiting old favourites. Move over stollen and mince pies, I’m ready for sticky hot cross buns, packed with juicy fruit and warm spices, and cardamon scented Semlor buns with their hidden filling of almond paste topped with a cloud of silky smooth whipped cream. If you fancy joining me on an Easter baking class, we’ll be making these classics alongside a wealth of other Easter bakes.

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BAKING KNOW-HOW: enriching your dough

At its simplest, bread can be made from just flour, water, yeast and a dash of salt - known as ‘lean’ in the baking world. It tastes great because what you can taste is the grain and the flavours of fermentation – especially if that fermentation is long, as in the case of sourdough bread. However, sometimes we all crave a little more from our bread and that’s where ‘enriching’ comes in. It’s a formal term for adding ingredients such as milk, butter and eggs. What we’re adding to the dough is sweetness and fat (and deliciousness, of course, that goes without saying) and not only do these ingredients make our bread taste great they also stop it staling as quickly.

Some things to bear in mind if you’re working with an enriched dough recipe: If your recipe calls for a high proportion of fat it’s best to add it after the gluten protein strands in your dough have had a chance to bond, making it strong and stretchy. Added too early, the fat coats the flour molecules and makes it tricky for the dough to form.

Recipes with a high sugar content tend to prove more slowly because of sugar’s hydroscopic properties. Sugar molecules pull moisture away from the flour (and yeast) making it harder, therefore slower, for the yeast to feed and ferment your dough.

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Black cardamon & cocoa nib

shortbread

METHOD:

BAKING CLASSES

Thismoreish shortbread keeps well in its uncooked state. Store in your fridge or freezer ready to thinly slice and bake for those last minute guests. Try and source whole black cardamon seeds and grind them fresh - the taste will be sweeter and more aromatic, contrasting wonderfully with the slight bitterness of the cocoa nibs.

Chop the butter into small cubes and add to the mixer along with your sugar, the two types of flour and the fine salt. Run the mixer on slow as you reduce the ingredients gradually to a fine rubble then add the cocoa nibs. You can also use your fingers to rub the butter, flour and sugar together. Wholemeal flour can make your shortbread thirsty, so I add a splash or two of milk (or water) to bring the dough together in one lump with no visible butter remaining. Stop the mixer as soon as the dough comes together. Using your hands or a dough scraper press the dough into a block around 5cm high and 8-10cm

INGREDIENTS:

• 165g plain flour

• 165g wholemeal flour

• 165g unsalted butter, cold

wide (depending on the size you want your final shortbread). Combine the remaining sugar (50g) and ground cardamon (5g) and a generous pinch of flaky salt and roll/coat your block of dough in the mixture - keep any leftover sugar for later. Chill for at least an hour before baking.

• 90g (plus another 50g for finishing) caster sugar

• 1-2 tbsp whole milk

• 40 cocoa nibs

• 2 tsp black cardamon seeds, ground 1 tsp plus 1 tsp for your finishing sugar

• fine salt

• flaky sea salt

To bake: preheat your oven to 160°C. Line a baking tray and cut your shortbread block into 3-5mm slices. I like them thinly sliced but you might prefer them a bit chunkier. Space them slightly apart on the tray. Sprinkle a little of the sugar mix onto each slice then bake for 15-20 minutes (depending on their thickness) until golden brown. Perfect with a cup of tea!

The Next Loaf baking school is in Wenhaston, Suffolk. Classes are small so there’s lots of personal attention. They’re suitable for beginners or bakers looking for more consistency and challenge so we’ll be mixing, shaping and baking our way through an exciting range of classes including Scandinavian baking, Easter baking, Sourdough, parent and child baking and sourdough pizza – to name a few! Classes (and gift vouchers) are now available to book on my website www.thenextloaf.co.uk

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Prep: 15 minutes

Baking time: 25 minutes

Serves: 10

INGREDIENTS:

for the cake

• 200g butter, softened

• 200g caster sugar

• 4 medium eggs

• 200g self raising flour

• 1 tsp baking powder

• 1 tbsp milk

• 1½ tbsp Camp Chicory & Coffee Essence

• 50g walnuts, finely chopped

for the coffee icing

• 200g butter, softened

• 400g icing sugar

• 1½ tbsp Camp Chicory & Coffee Essence

for the topping:

• 25g walnuts, chopped

Marbled Coffee CakeWalnut & Marbled Coffee CakeWalnut &

METHOD:

- Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4.

- Grease and line two 20cm round sandwich tins.

- Whisk the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy and then whisk in the eggs, one at a time.

- Mix the flour and baking powder together and gradually whisk into the cake mixture until well blended.

- Divide the mixture into two bowls, stir the milk into one and the Camp and walnuts into the other.

- Place spoonfuls of each mixture into the prepared tins and gently spread out to the edges of the tin, marble together using the handle of a teaspoon.

- Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

TO MAKE THE ICING:

- Whisk the butter until softened and then gradually whisk in the icing sugar until pale and fluffy.

- Stir in the Camp.

- Place one cake on a serving plate, spread half the icing over the surface.

- Top with the remaining cake and spread over the remaining icing.

- Sprinkle over the walnuts to serve.

COOKS TIP:

Try swapping out the walnuts for pecans or hazelnuts for something a little bit different!

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Japanese Pancakes Style Cabbage

Okono-miyaki

INGREDIENTS:

Makes 4–6 small omelette-sized pancakes

For the pancakes

• 150g plain flour

• ½ teaspoon baking powder (or use self raising flour)

• 200ml Dashi stock*/ Japanese seaweed bonito infused stock (or alternatively veggie stock)

• 30g nagimo / mountain Yam – peeled and grated (optional / or substitute with firm pear or apple grated)

• 150g grated cheese (or variation shredded meat or seafood)

• 4 whole medium eggs

Okono-miyaki is a Japanese style pancake, it’s perfect for lunch as it’s surprisingly filling and very moreish. There are a few Japanese ingredients which can be substituted for store cupboard basics or optional. As the pancake can just be enjoyed with no toppings.

METHOD:

For gluten free simply swap out the flour and baking powder. It can easily be 100% veggie if you omit the bonito flakes.

Sift the flour along with the baking powder. Whisk in the stock to make a smooth batter. Add the rest of the ingredients stirring together until all the vegetables are coated in the batter and season well.

On a hot griddle, frying pan or teppanyaki grill heat up some oil. Add a large ladle full of the batter mix, cooking well on both sides until golden, firm and cooked.

Serve with a brush of sticky Takoyaki or worstersauce sauce and then a good generous drizzle of mayonnaise.

* To make Japanese stock make up chicken or veggie stock and simmer with Kombu seaweed or seaweed powder, along with a little ginger and garlic or use some miso soup mix.

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• 400g / ¾ medium white cabbage –shredded thin (like coleslaw)

• 4 – 5 spring onions – small sliced

• 6 – 8 dried shrimp or ¼ tsp dried powder – crushed/pounded (op)

• 60g sweetcorn

• 60g peas

• oil to shallow fry

Sauces to serve

• Japanese-mayonnaise (kewpie) & Takoyaki sauce or use worstersauce/okonomiyaki sauce

• A sprinkle of Aonori, seaweed flakes (optional)

• A sprinkle of Katsubishi, dried bonito flakes (optional)

Cheats

Takoyaki Sauce

• 1 part tomato sauce

• ½ part worstersauce

• ½ part saki

• ¼ part caster sugar

• ¼ part mirin / or use sweet sherry

• dash dark soya sauce

• equal quantities of fresh grated ginger and crushed garlic – to taste

Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and gently simmer for 15-20 minutes until sticky. Store in the fridge. This will last for a good few weeks.

Kewpie – Japanese mayonnaise

This mayonnaise is more yellow-ie than regular mayonnaise – I mix a little dried Colman’s mustard powder in to a creamy good quality mayonnaise with a pinch of salt.

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Polly’s dedication to fostering an inclusive and supportive workplace culture is truly commendable. When her senior PMU artist, Amber Marie Allen, embarked on her IVF journey, Polly showed unwavering support by ensuring Amber had the time she needed to focus solely on her treatment. This compassionate approach reflects Polly’s commitment to prioritising the well-being of her team, setting a meaningful example for employers everywhere.

Polly Vincent, who also serves as a columnist for Places and Faces, shared, “Supporting my team through their personal challenges is a top priority

Knowing that my employer valued my well-being and supported my decision to prioritise my health and family was incredibly comforting and made a huge di erence to my IVF journey

with over one-third receiving minimal to no support from their employers. Additionally, 38.8% of respondents considered leaving their jobs due to fertility treatment, and 15.8% ultimately resigned or experienced significant role changes.

The fear of stigma and discrimination often leads women to keep their fertility struggles hidden, fearing that speaking out could impact their job security or career advancement. Yet, amidst this fear, there are stories of hope and inspiration—stories like that of Polly Vincent, the visionary entrepreneur behind Enhance Cosmetic Clinic in Pakefield, Lowestoft.

for me. I believe that by providing understanding and flexibility, we can create a positive and empowering work environment.”

Amber, the senior PMU artist at Enhance Cosmetic Clinic, expressed her gratitude, saying, “Polly’s support during my IVF journey was exceptional. Knowing that my employer valued my well-being and supported my decision to prioritise my health and family was incredibly comforting and made a huge di erence to my IVF journey.”

I’ve heard stories from women who feel compelled to lie about their IVF appointments, fearing judgement from their employers. This unfortunate

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reality underscores the lingering stigma and fear of judgement many women encounter in professional settings when navigating fertility struggles. They fear that revealing their attempts to conceive may hinder their chances of promotion or lead to doubts about their mental capacity to work, or even the fear of being overlooked for opportunities.

Additionally, there’s a desire to keep it private, especially if the treatment doesn’t go as planned and they don’t conceive, to protect themselves mentally.

Polly’s approach to employment extends beyond supporting women through their personal challenges. She champions employing mothers, recognising the valuable dynamic they bring to the team. She emphasises the multitasking abilities, empathy, and dedication that mothers contribute to the workplace. Polly’s inclusive approach is not only admirable but also serves as a beacon of hope for women navigating the complexities of work and family life.”

Additionally, it’s important to recognise the positive aspects of IVF. While the journey can be challenging, it also o ers hope and the possibility of starting or expanding a family for

many individuals and couples. IVF has enabled countless families to realise their dreams of parenthood, and it’s crucial to celebrate these successes alongside acknowledging the di culties.

Amber’s journey with IVF is a testament to the positive impact of supportive workplaces. She shared, “Polly’s support during my IVF journey was exceptional.

Knowing that my employer valued my well-being and supported my decision to prioritise my health and family was incredibly comforting. It allowed me to focus on my treatment without the added stress of work obligations.”

In conclusion, it’s crucial that we break the silence surrounding IVF in the workplace and foster a culture of empathy and understanding. By honouring businesses like Polly Vincent’s Enhance Cosmetic Clinic, we can pave the way for a future where every woman feels valued, supported, and empowered to thrive, both personally and professionally.

Let’s envision a future where all businesses prioritise the well-being of their employees, particularly concerning sensitive matters like IVF. Incorporating mindfulness practices can also contribute to a supportive work environment, promoting mental well-being and resilience among employees navigating fertility treatments.

For workplaces interested in learning more about how to support individuals undergoing fertility treatment, the Fertility Network o ers valuable resources to help employers better understand the challenges and complexities involved.

For anyone a ected by infertility or undergoing IVF, there are resources available to provide support and guidance. Organisations like Fertility Network UK o er a wealth of information and support services, and helplines such as the Fertility Network UK Support Line (0300 330 0700) are available for confidential support and advice.

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It’sfinally feeling as though spring is slowly getting near, the mornings may still be crisp, but the blue skies and da odils are starting to make an appearance and this fills me with immense joy! Easter will be around the corner soon enough, with lashings of chocolate, egg hunts and of course; over - indulgence!

In this month’s Places and Faces column, I wanted to take a moment to extend a heartfelt acknowledgement to all the remarkable women out there who are courageously navigating the intricate paths of work, the journey of motherhood, and the unique challenges that life presents, including the profound journey of IVF. As a new mother to the delightful Penelope and the proud owner of Enhance Cosmetic Clinic, I find myself on a journey of balancing business and embracing the profound transformation that motherhood brings.

As you know, I am an advocate for supporting women in the workplace and giving women the opportunities for financial freedom. Working alongside my team has allowed me to create an environment where women feel empowered to thrive. At Enhance Cosmetic Clinic, we prioritise fostering a culture of inclusivity and support, where

women are encouraged to pursue their ambitions and embrace their unique journeys. This includes providing flexible work arrangements, such as time o for IVF treatments, to ensure that women can prioritise their health and well-being while pursuing their professional goals without the worry of risking their working role.

for pampering sessions and delightful facials! We have also launched some exclusive packages online which are essential for mums needing an afternoon of indulgence.

The arrival of Penelope has prompted me to make adjustments within the clinic, ensuring that I can maintain a fulfilling career while cherishing the precious moments with my little one. This shift has not only invigorated my ambitions, however has also deepened my appreciation for the supportive team around me and the transformative journey of self discovery and personal growth motherhood brings.

For Mothers Day the mums of the clinic are coming together for an afternoon tea at the Hotel Victoria Lowestoft, bringing along our daughters for a bonding afternoon over delicious cakes, sandwiches and cream tea! Team meet ups are always on the agenda to strengthen our personal relationships and encourage downtime outside of the workplace.

2024 is bringing in some exciting vibes, too. Working hard behind the scenes, we’re rolling out a new service alongside our existing PMU educational programs: Female Business Consultation. My mission is to inspire and empower women to unlock their true business potential, chase their dreams and create a life that truly reflects their identity and self expression. Intrigued? Shoot me an email at enhancebypolly@icloud.com.

To all the extraordinary women out there, whether you’re balancing work and motherhood or navigating the profound journey of IVF, I want to commend you for your resilience and strength. You are capable of achieving greatness, and it’s an honour to stand alongside you on your journey.

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Amidst the whirlwind of late-night feedings and the responsibilities of managing a business, I’ve found solace in the simple joys of browsing adorable baby clothes online. Additionally, my permanent makeup has been a cherished ally in maintaining a sense of normalcy amidst the challenges of sleepless nights and busy days.

As I gear up for my first Mother’s Day, Enhance Cosmetic Clinic is ready to celebrate. The clinic has had a fabulous makeover with a soft pink reception area – a chic retreat for our clientele. The feedback so far has been very positive about our pre treatment relaxation area. We’ve also got gorgeous gift vouchers ready for purchase online or in-clinic. Perfect

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star Suranne Jones has stepped into a new role - as president of Sheringham Little Theatre

The multi award-winning actor best known for Vigil, Gentleman Jack and Dr Foster, was unveiled at the annual meeting of the charity trust which runs the community arts venue.

She takes over the honorary title from Lady Walpole who succeeded her late husband Lord Robin Walpole in 2022.

Lady Walpole steps down after the couple completed a total of 50 years in the role. Suranne, who is a frequent visitor to North Norfolk and the theatre with her family, said: “When we first visited the area I was excited to see Sheringham still had The Little Theatre and it wasn’t long before we started coming along.

“Theatre in rural areas is so important, not only for audiences to see shows they may not be able to easily see, but also for young people who may not have an outlet for their creativity and have no idea how to get into the business.”

Her early years in her own local theatres instilled discipline, a sense of belonging, and developed social skills which were integral to becoming a successful stage and screen actress, she explained.

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Suranne said she and her family loved visiting the 160-seat Little Theatre, adding “there’s nothing like seeing a show up close as you really feel like you’re in it.”

Personal favourites have been The Hound of the Baskervilles last summer, and the “brilliant” pantomime, Cinderella, but the highlight was watching the movie Elf with her son for the first time.

Suranne hoped her presidency would “not only raise awareness for the SLT, but small theatres and arts centres across the country. They’re an important part of the community for so many reasons and shouldn’t be undervalued.”

Theatre director Debbie Thompson said having a high-profile star and household name as president was a huge boost for the seaside venue.

“We are very honoured Suranne has agreed to take on this role and excited to be working with an actress who started o in the youth group of her local

theatre in Oldham, so understands the importance of community arts venues,” she added.

Debbie also praised the presidential support of the Walpoles during the previous half century, which had included some tough times for local theatres.

Theatre chairman Jonathan Beak said: “A lot of hard work goes into funding our charity-run theatre, so it is wonderful to have someone of Suranne’s stature support us as president. We hope it will raise our profile in the community and maybe nationally, and help us grow the theatre for the future. With her origins in local theatre, she is also an inspirational role model for young actors passing through our theatre.”

Find out more about Sheringham Little Theatre and its upcoming events at www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com

SURANNE’S STORY

Suranne Jones was born in Oldham and grew up in Greater Manchester. She started acting at eight years old, took her first steps into making it her career at the Oldham Theatre Workshop, and later completed a Diploma in Performing Arts.

After various stage acting roles which saw her tour the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, she found fame as Karen McDonald in Coronation Street, twice winning the NTA Best Actress award. Suranne’s break-out role was as police killer Ruth Slater in Sally Wainwright’s critically-acclaimed Unforgiven.

It cemented her status as one of the UK’s most exciting young actors and led to a diverse range of roles, including: detective Rachel Bailey in ITV’s crime drama Scott and Bailey; the spirit of the Tardis in Doctor Who; Doctor Foster (for which she won the BAFTA Best Actress award in 2016); Anne Lister in the ground-breaking Gentleman Jack, and detective Amy Silva in the latest series of Vigil.

Suranne runs a production company called TeamAkers with her husband, the producer/ writer Laurence Akers. They have coproduced the drama Maryland for ITV, documentary series Suranne Jones: Witches for Channel 4, the Kieron Barry play SpyforSpy at The Riverside Theatre in London and have numerous projects shooting in 2024. TeamAkers has also become a patron of The Little Theatre. More information at www.teamakersprod.com

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NORFOLK MENOPAUSE

The women behind Norfolk Menopause striving for change to menopause care

Meet

Emily Cary, Susanne Ahlund and Hannah Healy, a female trio of general practitioners who have worked tirelessly over the past two years to upskill and develop an expertise in management of menopause. Together with consultant gynaecologists Paul Simpson and Tim Duncan they formed Norfolk Menopause a year ago. This group of five specialist clinicians are on a mission to improve menopause care, and in Norfolk; they now o er some private consultations on top of their NHS work and run educational events for health care professionals, businesses, and the public.

“If you had told me a couple of years ago that I would be talking in front of large audiences on a regular basis and ENJOYING it I would have laughed” says Emily. “The idea of that would have filled me with dread. But now I genuinely love talking publicly about menopause, all thanks to the journey Susanne, Hannah and I have been on together”.

“It has been an incredible journey. A lot of hard graft and a huge amount of knowledge to assimilate. Not to mention the steep learning curve of forming a company, building a website, and getting to grips with social media” says Susanne.

I think our personalities and di erent outlooks really complement each other. One lovely aspect is that though we can all be quite tough on ourselves we are each others biggest fans.

“I think our personalities and di erent outlooks really complement each other” reflects Hannah. “One lovely aspect is that though we can all be quite tough on ourselves we are each other’s biggest fans. This is such a support especially when there just don’t seem to be enough hours in the day”.

“Juggling family life and NHS work with the building momentum of Norfolk Menopause can be exhausting but we keep each other balanced and remind ourselves often of how far we have come” says Susanne. “Plus, we have enormous fun together, my husband often comments that there is way too much laughter during meetings for this to be ‘work!”.

“I have learned so much from both of these amazing women, they truly are an inspiration to me every day” says Emily. “And talking publicly about an area of medicine we are so passionate about now comes as second nature”.

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From left to right: Susanne Ahlund, Emily Cary, Hannah Healy
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WHAT IS IT AND WHY DOES IT HAPPEN

Perimenopause is a term we hear a lot these days, but when does it happen, what should we be looking out for, and what can be done?  Mr Paul Simpson, Consultant Gynaecologist and Menopause Lead at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, Norfolk Menopause co-founder and member of the British Menopause Society, medical advisory council has a huge amount of experience in helping women navigate this di cult time. He provides a comprehensive insight into this time of life to help you understand what is happening to you and your body.

The perimenopause is the natural transition from the reproductive phase of your life into the time after your periods stop. It is typically spread over several years and is associated with both physical and psychological symptoms. The range and severity of symptoms varies between women, but they are all driven by hormonal changes, particularly the significant reduction of oestrogen levels in the body.

The menopause is defined as the last menstrual period and is confirmed once you have missed your period for twelve months in a row. The average age when this happens is 51 but it can occur between 40 and 60. It is di cult to predict when this will happen for someone, but genetics seem to play a role and environmental influences, such as smoking can cause it to happen up to two years earlier. The age of your mother can give some idea, particularly if this

was early but it can be di cult to be certain about timings.

As the number of eggs in the ovaries reduce, ovulation becomes less predictable, and this leads to changes to your menstrual cycle. You may notice that the length of your bleed time changes or the time between one period and the next becomes more uncertain. This is the beginning of the perimenopause and can start many years before your

Unfortunately, doctors find it very di cult to predict who will get symptoms, how severe they might be and how long they might last. The most bothersome symptoms tend to be around the perimenopause and typically last two to seven years, although the severity of the symptoms tends to reduce over this timescale. This can be frustrating,

The good news is that there is help availablewhether it is period irregularity, physical symptoms such as hot flushes, or psychological symptoms such as mood swings and anxiety, treatments can provide a significant relief from symptoms.

periods stop- sometimes as many 4-8 years before. The continued reduction of eggs eventually reaches a level where ovulation does not occur every month and can lead to missed periods and reduced oestrogen levels in the blood stream. It is this reduction in hormone levels that typically leads to physical symptoms, such as hot flushes.

The symptoms of the perimenopause can be very variable. Some women will experience extreme symptoms of hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings, sleep disturbance and anxiety, whilst some women will experience very few symptoms. The onset of symptoms can occur before any changes to periods have been noticed and in these circumstances the symptoms can often be more psychological type symptoms, such as an increase in mood swings, anxiety and a loss of confidence. These symptoms often follow the menstrual cycle, in a similar way to pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS).

as the duration and severity of symptoms is often key to whether a person decides to seek help and whether treatment is advised.

The good news is that there is help available- whether it is period irregularity, physical symptoms such as hot flushes, or psychological symptoms such as mood swings and anxiety, treatments can provide a significant relief from symptoms. A combination of hormonal medications, non-hormonal medications, lifestyle modifications and dietary changes, can all provide valuable support for those that need it.

If you would like to know more, please do visit the Norfolk Menopause website www.norfolkmenopause.co.uk for further information and consider booking an appointment with one of the Norfolk Menopause team. We are here to support you on your menopause journey.

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Whether you're searching for something heartfelt and sentimental or something practical and useful, there are plenty of lovely options out there to choose from when it comes to gifts for mum this year. From beautiful mugs to gorgeous gift sets, there's definitely something out there for every mum. Here, I take a look at some of the nicest items that are brand new in the shops, to hopefully inspire you with some ideas and options that will make her feel special and loved.

So, whether you have a specific gift in mind, or if you're at a loss for ideas, don't panic, I've got you covered!

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Booja Booja

If you are thinking about something chocolatey with a difference this Easter then look no further! Quite frankly out of this world. A wonderful range of multi award-winning Booja-Booja vegan chocolate truffles for every occasion.

All deliciously vegan and organic, as well as dairy-free, gluten-free and soya-free; each with its own delightfully independent character. boojabooja.com

The Egg Royale

This Easter why not indulge with an ‘adult chocolate egg’. The Egg Royale is a rich chocolate alcoholic cream liqueur made with the finest cocoa and vanilla and housed in a beautiful glass egg..

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Freezecakes

A revolutionary dessert brought to you by leading cheesecake brand, Pleese. Boasting that ‘it is NOT ice cream’, the artisan cheesecake recipe is made with at least 35% cream cheese and full of flavour, sauces and crunchy biscuit pieces. Founded in 2017 by painter-decorator turned cheesecake connoisseur, Joe Moruzzi, with the aim of revolutionising the cheesecake sector. On the back of his hugely popular cheesecakes, Joe created a scoopable frozen dessert that uses cream cheese instead of ice-cream and Freezecakes was born. The hand-potted frozen cheesecake tubs officially launched in 2020 and were available to buy through the brand’s website. Three years on, the production and recipes have been further developed and finessed, being stocked in CoOp and Waitrose nationwide.

Joe Moruzzi, Founder of Pleese, comments: “We’re so proud to finally see Freezecakes on the shelves in two of the UK’s leading supermarkets. This unique product brings the humble cheesecake into the 21st century by disrupting the dessert category. We help everyone share spectacular experiences and are confident that Freeecakes will be loved in homes across the country – serving up an instant cheesecake hit any time of day.”

Gareth Brain, Frozen Buyer at Co-op, says: “Innovation, quality and value are key drivers for our members and customers in the frozen aisles at Co-op and we’re thrilled to be one of the first retailers to add the new Freezecakes to our range. The response to the product on social media has been incredible and we’re confident that they will land with impact in our convenience stores.”

Joe Sharkey, Frozen Desserts Buyer at Waitrose, adds: “Freezecakes is a brilliant, disruptive idea. Our customers love cheesecake, and frozen desserts are growing in popularity, so we’re really excited to stock the full range of Pleese Freezecakes.”. pleese.com

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Imagine the impossible and it becomes possible

Claire Rodrigues Lee went from rock bottom to riding the K-Pop wave after discovering a book called ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne on laws of attraction. By learning the art of manifestation, she found success, love and a family. Then when Covid hit, her positive outlook helped her transition from songwriter to founder of fashion accessories brand, Neon Army.

Here she tells her story;

For years I wrote songs as an escape from an unhealthy relationship. It was a safe place for me to express how I was feeling and when I went back to live with my parents aged 33, I had to start life over again.

It was a scary time but I had this book that was telling me, I can achieve anything with the right mindset.

Part of me felt I was here because I was suppose to find myself again. The universe works in mysterious ways and I knew that music was calling me.

I reset the way I was thinking and learned to appreciate myself. Slowly things started to change for the better.

I worked really hard and put myself out there, going to networking events and connecting with other writers and

producers. I then found myself sitting in front of John, a music publisher, who was willing to take a chance on me.

Within 2 weeks of meeting him, he got me my first cut.

He asked if I’d like to attend a songwriting camp in Denmark and I jumped at the opportunity, neither of us realising it was a K-Pop songwriting camp.

This innocent mistake was about to change my life in ways I’d never imagined because as it turned out, I was a natural and within a few years I’d accumulated over 20 number 1 hits worldwide.

Then covid arrived and music stopped, unknowingly about to send my career down a new path.

I realised while shopping online, I couldn’t find fashion I loved so I started upcycling my clothes which people started to notice once lockdown measures lifted. This was the lightbulb moment for Neon Army.

Colourful, handmade and beaded, vegan fashion accessories inspired by the laws of attraction.

Throughout the products you’ll find positive affirmations and empowering messages.

Neon Army is an online boutique but has hosted pop ups in stores such as John Lewis, Harvey Nichols and Fenwick and also been featured on ITV’s Lorraine.

One thing life has taught me is expect the unexpected. Believe in yourself, trust your instincts and if you have a dream, the only person that can hold you back is you. I’m now 46 and just getting started.

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Interior Tips for March!

Declutter!

Spring decor ideas aren’t just about adding to your existing scheme – it’s also about decluttering. If you’re set on a spring clean, use the opportunity to clear your space visually. Stick to the five-year rule...If you haven’t used an item in five years, you probably don’t need to keep it in your home!

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Garden Ready!

As we head towards the spring, many of you will be thinking about sprucing up the garden and getting ready for those long summer evenings. Investing in a new garden patio set will transform any size space and is a great way to encourage you to spend more time El Fresco this spring.

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late frosts and snowfall. We can use any milder days to get into the garden and crack on with jobs. A spring garden is a place of newness and freshness and we should use our time in the garden to dig, plant and sow, as effort this month will pay floral dividends in the gardening months ahead.

The soil is warming up so we will start to see the leafy shoots of perennial plants like peony, lupin, delphinium, foxglove, hollyhock, bergenia and hosta to name but a few. If the month is mild to warm then our resident slugs will start their hungry work, so we need to be aware of their appetite for green shoots. We should protect our plants with a layer of fine sand or eggshells around the base of plants.

Thefirst month of meteorological spring is with us, we can now get excited about our gardens entering the spring gardening season. The green shoots and favourite bulbs are showing themselves off whilst birds sing with real enthusiasm

If the month remains cold then it’s our last call to prune roses, cut back any overwintered fuchsias by one to two buds, snip off spent hydrangea mopheads, buddleii and grapevines only if without opening bud. We can cut back old brown foliage of perennials before the green shoots become longer leaves, however we don’t want to cut any new green growth amongst the old branches and leaves.

The lawn will need some work after the long winter, from tidying the border edges to hand sowing grass seed into patches which will make the lawn look

The lawn grass is now actively growing, so if the weather is mild we can give it the first cut of the season on the very highest lawnmower se ing.

and energy. Our spirits are lifted by daffodils, crocuses, irises and hyacinth surrounding us with their colourful flowers.

March is a changeable weather month, it can bring sunny and milder days but also

refreshed and spring and summer ready. The lawn grass is now actively growing, so if the weather is mild we can give it the first cut of the season on the very highest lawnmower setting. We can hand sow grass seed into bare patches, raking the seed into the soil and then quilting it with a layer of top soil to assist germination. We can use a half moon edging tool or spade to straighten off our lawn edges. These two jobs will make our gardens look neat and tidy ready for the warmer days to come.

We can happily start to sow and grow the annual seeds of our favourite summer flowers including borage, cosmos, cornflower, poppies, foxglove, wild carrot, corncockle, oxeye daisy and many more. We should plant out begonia, lilies, ranunculus, agapanthus, gladioli, freesia and dahlia on milder days, to create a colourful and long lasting flower display for Summer through to the first frost of autumn. What we plant this month will give us so much pleasure on the longer and brighter days of summertime ahead.

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• Sow grass seed into any thin and bare lawn patches

• Feed Roses with rose feed or a balanced fertiliser

• Mulch your borders, it will suppress weeds and retain moisture

• Weed your garden, lifting roots to prevent future growth

• Repot containers, pots, planters and tubs with fresh compost

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Able Community Care has been in the same family for four decades and now provides live-in care services throughout the UK.

Since 1980 we have provided care and have met with thousands of families who are seeking an alternative to moving into a residential care home. Meeting people inevitably leads, either at the time of an assessment or even years later, to questions for which people are looking for answers.

Information around all aspects of care is available but the road to finding out, especially at a time of crisis, about specific factors can be difficult and stressful. Able Community Care receives calls and emails on a regular basis with people asking if we can help with their search for information.

Recently these questions have been asked of us...

ask Angela

Question: How can I tell if an online pharmacy is genuine and not offering fake medication?

Answer: The following advice comes from the NHS if you choose to buy medication online. Make sure:

• Any online pharmacy is registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

• Any online doctor service is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the General Medical Centre (GMC)

Question: Can friends drive my Motability Car?

Answer: Your Motability Scheme lease includes insurance for up to three drivers through Direct Line Motability (DLM).

This means if you are not able to drive or do not want to drive yourself, your car can be driven by a family member, friend, or carer. However, there are other eligibility criteria checks on the Motability website which you need to check with.

Question: Can I apply for the Attendance Allowance on behalf of a friend?

Answer: Yes you can apply for the Attendance Allowance on behalf of a friend, however, if given, the person concerned will receive the funding. Attendance Allowance Rates increase from April this year. The Higher rate will be £108.55 pw and the Lower rate £72.65 pw.

Question: Can I have a personal GP at my local surgery, one that I see each time?

Answer: Your GP practice must allocate everyone a named, accountable GP. This GP will oversee your care and take responsibility for evaluating your current physical and psychological needs. (Though this doesn’t mean the named GP is the only doctor at your practice who will or can provide care for you)

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